Following last week's horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the issue over guns andgun rights are back on the front page. Continuing with their theme of gun violence, the state of Florida can add another notch to their belt.
According to news-press.com, a door-to-door steak salesman was shot and killed Thursday in Cape Coral, Florida. Thirty year old, Nicholas Rainey knocked on the door of Kenneth Bailey Roop, 52, but he got no answer. As Rainey made his way down the driveway, Roop pulled up in his pick up truck and question Rainey on why he was at his house. Gene Snyder, a neighbor and witness, claims that after Rainey told Roop about the steak he was selling, Roop pulled out his hand gun and shot Rainey. While Rainey was on the ground holding on for his life, Roop shot him one more time, directly in the head.
Once the police made it to the scene, they arrested Roop and charged him with second degree murder. Roop said that he was "in fear" and that he shot Rainey an extra time for "effect." Gene Snyder, a former volunteer firefighter, attempted CPR on Rainey, but he was too late. According to another local neighbor, Alex Pevida, Rainey had been going door-to-door selling steak and seafood and seemed like an average guy just doing his job.
“He was a young guy, really nice. He was polite to me and everything.”
In an email statement released by the local police, Cape Police Chief, Jay Murphy, answered whether Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law would be considered in the killing of Nicholas Rainey.
“Until all the facts are known, it would be premature to discuss how stand your ground law applies to this particular incident.”
Raw Story reports that Roop does have a concealed weapons permit and owns 14 different firearms. Roop has been charged with second degree murder.
Every so often when tragedy strikes involving a gun, gun rights become popular in politics. The left talks about tackling gun violence, while the right-wing cling to their guns and Second Amendment. Taking away guns from people is not the answer, but passing common sense gun legislation does make sense to most Americans. The problem with guns and gun rights in politics is that with the NRA and the conservative agenda of fear working overtime, any talk about limiting access to firearms, even to those who might be mentality unstable, is a political non-starter.